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Well. Today is the day.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic issue #1 hits the comic shops today, as well as becomes available for digital download.

Nervous? Yep.
Reviews started a day or two ago, but today the floodgates open. So far, everything has been monumentally positive.
MLP #1 has crested over 100,000 issues in pre-order sales. That means it is the first comic in almost a decade to break mainstream sales. Our iTunes pre-sales outsold The Walking Dead.

Katie Cook and myself want to send a tremendous THANK YOU to the comics and MLP communities. I don't think any of our Pony team had any idea what we were in for, certainly not to this scale. Reviews of MLP and comic fans alike have been extremely generous with praise for Katie's writing, Heather Breckel's wonderful colors, and my art.

19 years ago today, my mother passed away. I'd been so horrendously busy and covered up that I didn't realize it until late last night. It hit like a ton of bricks. In some way or another, my mother is with me today and that makes this day that much more special to me. Earlier this year, one of my most important influences and teachers also left us, Joe Kubert. His influence helped bring me to this day. In great love and admiration, today is for these two people.

Alright, enough maudlin... I'll check the humility meter on my way out.

Also today! Original art auctions for the 4 MLP Preview pages end!! You have 10 hours before they end! More pages will be going up in the next few days
www.ebay.com/sch/andypriceart/…

And for those of you in the Anaheim California area, Katie and I will be at Beach Ball Comics this saturday for a release party! Signing! Sketching! THE FUN HAS BEEN DOUBLED!!
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Guild Wars 2 from the other room
  • Reading: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen... again
  • Watching: FRINGE... always. and My Name Is Earl
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: kettle corn
  • Drinking: ice water
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Gadvac Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the premise on the story. Props to Katie there! The expressions look great, I must say. I love Applejack's "That's them," face and Rarity's reactions to Pinkie de-beautifying her mane.
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
the "that's them" has gotten more response than any image in the book!
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Gadvac Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes sense. It's a pretty funny line, with a funny expression to fit!
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TheAgarthian Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
It will ever be an European release of the comic please? I'm from Italy!
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Applejack2011 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
And Denmark too.
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SparkyThePegasus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Hey man! Got my comic at a local store here in the Philippines last week, and I could ramble all day about how awesome every little bit of it, but I'll keep things brief and just say that it's looking TOTALLY RADICAL! Can't wait for next month! :D
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ErebusX Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Hey Andy, I just wanted to drop by and thank you for coming out to Beach Ball Comics on Saturday. It was great meeting you, and I love the Bon-Bon sketch you made for me! Keep up the great work!
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GShakespeare Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh shoot, I can't believe I neglected to mention it -- I'd also like to extend the same thanks and platonic love for the wonderfully popping colouring by Heather Breckel! :D

But yes. Great work. Helped make my week! :D
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GShakespeare Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
I absolutely adored this issue, Andy. Props to Katie Cook for actually writing something that genuinely FEELS like an episode, too! :D
The dialogue for 99.999999% of the story actually feels totally right. Totally right!
Your art? Oh man, I don't know where to begin. I was blown away, I must say. I was able to appreciate the different things you tried. So many excellent panels.

I've read comics before, but never bothered to check them out again. This is something I know I'll re-read multiple times for -- at the very least -- the artwork.

Also, I got a lot of laughs out of it and had a consistent smile on my face throughout reading it. It's hard to get me to smile for more than a second or two. Grats!

Lots of platonic love from me to the two of you!
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ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Picked it up last night at the local comic store, have a couple special issues coming by mail. I really enjoyed the story you chose to start off with. I was expecting a fuffy filler to test out the process but I got the start of an epic adventure, bravo!

The style and background gags were done perfectly with the series but still have a unique feel to them. I'll enjoy keeping up with this.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Bought the six-pack and the loose standard cover. Definitely looking forward to this series. I'm used to the simpler lines of the show-styled fan-comics and the various fan-styles, so it'll take my eyes a while to adjust to the American comic style. I love the uniquely styled panels here and there, such as the hyper-detailed Queen and the dramatic lighting when they see Town Hall.
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JustABlankFlank Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved the first issue, especially all the little background references and jokes. Every panel was a visual treat! :D I'm going to be pre-ordering issue 2 this afternoon.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Must... get... comic...
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JerryKun Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Just got me a digital copy. I approve.
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Empyu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist
I was considering waiting for the collected edition, but I went and bought the first issue anyway. I'm glad I did too! It's a fun read and seems to be aware of MLP's expanded demographic. So many references that I won't spoil ;p
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kittyhawk-contrail Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My preorder hasn't shipped. I should have just got it from local store. I guess my hatred of driving is causing me to be late.

From the random previews I have seen, it looks pretty awesome. Can't wait for it to get here.
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evangelian007 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I'll try to pick a copy ASAP. I've been waiting for this months and months ago. I'm truly blown away that it outsold The Walking Dead.
Also I'm sorry about the loss of your mom. :iconcomfortplz:
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seahawk270 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
The book is incredible! I work at a comic shop, and it almost killed me today to have to sort and inventory our entire weekly order before I got a chance to sit down and read a copy. It's definitely been worth the wait, and I'm already looking forward to the next issue!
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loganberrybunny Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have the Mane Six box set on order, but bought another copy in a comic shop here (the UK) today because I wanted so much to read it on launch day. Best decision ever. It's fantastically good. Thank you!
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bird-in-a-tux Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My comic shop gets their shipment tomorrow, I can't wait to pick up my box set! All the best from Germany :D
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HurleyBoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
:D I'm going to have to avoid anything related to the comic in the next few days until I pick it up at the weekend. It's gonna be so awesome :iconso-awesomeplz:
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TalonsofIceandFire Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
When will my pre-order arrive?
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Philosopher-01 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just bought the comic today and it's fantastic. Thank you so much for this wonderful contribution to this fantastic community. The sheer love and effort put into this comic is evident on every page, I fervently enjoyed reading it and cannot wait for the next issue!
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NikeXTC Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I... must... resist... not reading any digital copy of the comic until the real one will be delivered at my house in Italy...

Must... resist...
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gandpTrixie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
4chan is posting the the whole comic every few hours and are so convinced by it they still want to get a hard copy. I don't recognize that place anymore. D:
I guess that says a lot about your work. ;)
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drewlynoted Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You and Katie did an amazing job!
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hobowendy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
argh i need it now!:omgplz:
i'm sorry for your loss:sadangel::cries:
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hobowendy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Eben-swf Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely love it! Keep up the good work!
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himanuts Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg. I just got mine, and the expressions are phenomenal. And considering all the little details added in the background I just keep going back to it and looking at everything cause it's so attention grabbing. Really love the shoutouts and little nods to the fans and little tidbits of the show. Can't wait for more.
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Tsitra360 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I love it! all the expressions are awesome! Especially AJs
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BrowndRemastered Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
YEAH, IT'S PONY TIME!!!
Unfortunately, I didn't pre-order on time so I'll have to wait for the 2nd printing to come out... :(

Congratulations on the release!!
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Keino-Evans Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Isn't there a way to purchase it that is not by Itunes? (I'm from Chile, so is kind of hard to buy it without paying a big sum ;_;)
maybe by paypal or another way )=,

btw, congrats for the launch xDDD
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your mother is proud of you Andy! :pat:
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:iconhimanuts:
himanuts Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Going out to get mine soon. :)
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Daymond42 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I ordered the iBooks version, and read it somewhere around 12:05am...

I'm hooked. :D
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ZebulonSmiley Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice! So glad ponies is REALLY making an impact, instead of flying in then simmering out. :)
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Porrima Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
It's very good. Congrats for your achievement, and a toast for a long run.
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dark-dragoon-gao Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Thank you for the reminder, I just bought a digital copy.
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Comixbookgurl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I WISH I COULD GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Urg.. the comic is SO AMAZING!
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Ragnarokia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It is sad to hear about you discovering your loss, but at the same time good that it was at a time where you can be pleased with life for it to not impact you as hard as it may have done earlier.
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Bronyman1995 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh I hope I can get a copy. Hopefully my local store has one. I hope.
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Kr3id Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I bought my copy this morning, and I love it so far! In fact, just followed you today from it! Fantastic art too, some of the faces really had me laughing!
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm a little hypnotized at your avatar..!
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:iconkr3id:
Kr3id Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha, thanks. Also, not exactly relevant, but we have the same surname :)
Anyways, great work on the comics!
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